Secrets of the Galapagos

Sharon Marchisello


Shattered by a broken engagement and a business venture derailed by Jerome Haddad, her unscrupulous partner, Giovanna Rogers goes on a luxury Galapagos cruise with her grandmother to decompress. At least...

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Shattered by a broken engagement and a business venture derailed by Jerome Haddad, her unscrupulous partner, Giovanna Rogers goes on a luxury Galapagos cruise with her grandmother to decompress.

At least that's what her grandmother thinks. Giovanna is determined to make Jerome pay for what he's done, and she has a tip he's headed for the Galapagos.

While snorkeling in Gardner Bay off the coast of Española Island, Giovanna and another cruise passenger, tortoise researcher Laurel Pardo, both become separated from the group and Laurel is left behind. No one on the ship will acknowledge Laurel is missing, and Giovanna suspects a cover-up.

When the police come on board to investigate a death, Giovanna is sure the victim is Laurel. She's anxious to give her testimony to the attractive local detective assigned to the case. Instead, she learns someone else is dead, and she's a person of interest.

Resolved to keep searching for Laurel and make sense of her disappearance, Giovanna finds that several people on board the cruise ship have reasons to want Laurel gone. One is a scam involving Tio Armando, the famous Galapagos giant tortoise and a major tourist attraction in the archipelago. And Jerome Haddad has a hand in it. Thinking she's the cat in this game, Giovanna gets too involved and becomes the mouse, putting her life in jeopardy. But if she doesn't stop him, Jerome will go on to ruin others.

What Others Are Saying: 

"A compelling mystery filled with intrigue, vivid scenery, and a kaleidoscope of quirky characters, as their cruise ship wends its way through troubled waters. I was on board from the first page to the last. Marchisello is a master storyteller!" — Susan Crawford, Bestselling author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow

Secrets of the Galapagos was an absolute joy to read––a terrific story filled with endearing characters, rare animals, a world-class scoundrel or two, and more hidden agendas than you can shake a stick at, all set against the majestic beauty of the Galapagos Islands. Sharon Marchisello has given us a fast moving, thrill-a-minute mystery that had me hooked to the very end.” — Roger Johns, award-winning author of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries  

"After Giovanna Rogers' not-for-profit goes bust, her fiancé breaks off their engagement, infuriated by the financial ruin, she decides that a trip to the Galapagos Islands is just what the doctor ordered. The cruise is idyllic with excursions onto the islands, where Marchisello imparts delightful bits of information about the local wildlife, particularly the endangered giant tortoise, Tio Armando. When Giovanna's dive buddy goes missing, and nobody seems concerned but her, she begins to sleuth her way toward an answer. Mysteries abound when the crew discovers a body on the ship, and everybody is a suspect. It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for Giovanna in Marchisello's Secrets of the Galapagos, “. . . a woven tapestry of deceit and distrust balanced by hope and love in this tale of adventure and intrigue." — Angie Gallion, author, Off the Dark Ledge

Author: Sharon Marchisello
Page Count: 292
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Publish Date: December 7, 2019
Imprint: Milford House
Genre: Mystery

FICTION / Action & Adventure / Romance
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Crime & Mystery
FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological

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Want a good mystery that’ll take you somewhere you probably haven’t been?

Then travel along with Sharon Marchisello on an action-packed, justice-seeking mission of a young woman determined to catch up with the con artist who took advantage of her good intentions of helping to save animals. And saving from extinction is a major theme of this well-researched book in which the setting proves as engaging as the fictional story. I’ll probably never make it to the Galapagos, so I especially appreciate an author who can engage me with the sights, sounds, and scents of this sacrosanct place that’s as threatened as the animals that live there. The story has a bit of everything—romance, suspense, revenge, intrigue, and even a bit of humor. The ending is tight and satisfying. I’m glad to have read this book.

Mystery, romance, and adventure

In Secrets of the Galapagos, Sharon Marchisello has masterfully blended mystery, romance, and blood-stirring adventure. Her spunky heroine successfully fights off danger and fear to overcome obstacles that fall or are placed in her path encounter with a shark while snorkeling, the arrival at the islands of someone who destroyed her business, a murder, and a kidnapping. Ms Marchisellos characters, including the minor players, are fully three-dimensional. The seeming hardness of the heroine is tempered by flirtation with the police officer who investigates a disappearance and then, a murder. Secrets of the Galapagos is a perfect read for both a sunny beach and a cold, rainy winter day.